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Bang the drums of death (5.18)

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Smite God: Raijin

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Purchase Order


Build Item Book of Souls Book of Souls
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion


Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation


Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor


Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Raijin's Skill Order

Percussive Storm

Percussive Storm

1 X
1 4 6 7 10


2 A
2 8 11 12 14
Thunder Crash

Thunder Crash

3 B
3 15 16 18 19
Taiko Drums

Taiko Drums

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 15 [display_name] => He Bo [url] => he-bo ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => His poke can stop your line clear and is extremely annoying. Stay away, be careful, good luck. ) ) [tiny] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 65 [display_name] => Ah Puch [url] => ah-puch ) [scoreVal] => 5 [notes] => His moves are obvious, you can escape his explosion. You can hit in from far, should be easy. ) ) [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 54 [display_name] => Janus [url] => janus ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => If you ply careful and predict hi portals it is easy. But if they know what they are doing they can stop your line clear. ) ) [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 6 [display_name] => Anubis [url] => anubis ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => His clear is a little better than you early. But most his moves mean he can't move so you can smash him for all the damage. Just be careful not to get wrapped ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 4 [display_name] => Zeus [url] => zeus ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => Stay away from his thrown shield, poke him from far away. He is slow Nd you should be able to hit him every time ) ) [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 84 [display_name] => The Morrigan [url] => the-morrigan ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => If she I played well she can destroy you quick. However if she is poor you I'll destroy her. Be careful, stay behind your tower to stop the invisible, ward. ) ) ) 1

Raijin' Threats

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Raijin' threats


I feel Raijin is an underplayed yet very powerful God. He has a lot of usefulness both early, mid and late game. His escape is useful to move over walls, putting an object between you and that pesky chacer, as well as being great late game for killing off the fleeing enemy god. If played well you'll have no problem destroying the enemy ADC age with one use of your ult.

Pros / Cons

Great line damage
Good penetration
Easy escape
Passive means ult isn't offline for too long
Easy minion wipe
Tic damage (nothing like killing an enemy that got away)
Not too mana hungry

Squishy (does this even need to be said?)
Weak early game
Skills can be hard to hit.
No real crowd control (other than a minor slow)
Slow moving


On reflection I do not recommend this anymore. Raijin isn't that manor starved and rushing thoth means that you get that power online so much faster.

I think that Thoth is the right stack item for Raijin, the reason I personally feel its the better option is the escape is usually good enough to get away, if you can't get away with the escape it is unlikely the little bit of life Warlocks staff offers will keep you alive. But the extra damage from Thoth will put your enemies down.

Gives life and mana, as a mage this is needed. If your going against a harder god take 2, if its easier take one. Fill up with these and 2 wards every time you come back.

Keeps your firing abilities and allows your escape if needed. Take these on first exit.

There is always an argument to be made for either focus or magi (shoes of). For Raijin I feel that the extra mana helps him early game to stay out for longer, meaning the xp from minions is better and the cooldown helps better than the extra pen. Especially from the amount taken. The only time I swap focus for magi is if the team is extra tanky, or someone is doing a guardian mid.

spear of the
All your abilities causes several hits. Every time you hit, you get extra pen (up to 5) you'll get that 5, and hit again before it runs out. Pen=more damage. Take this, shred through the natural defence of the ADC and mage and scare the warrior and guardian.

This is an interesting item I don't think I see enough people take. For a god that requires several moves to hit it seems idea. Buying it now means it evolves quick. This means all you have to do is hit once, then all your abilities further get a damage increase. Full build this does add up to be a nice bit of damage.
On top of that it has extra movement meaning; if your still in laning phase it helps you get back a bit faster. If you're starting to rotate it helps you move around faster helping any ganks.

Massive damage, a mage must have

This item is somewhat situational. Almost always I will go spear, as the extra penetration is always nice. The cooldown is a great help and the extra power is icing on the cake. However, if the team is running crazy growd control I'd go magi's cloak if they have crazy defence I'd build obsidian shard really change this one as needed. But I find its the best overall.


This is very useful for stopping the crazy damage you will get being the mage. Hopefully by the time its worn off your escape is ready and you can get out of there. If not, don't waste it as you aren't getting away anyway.

Useful for chasing down or escaping, and for helping the team in there. I personally don't go for it.

This is useful for getting out the control of a sneaky guardian or that annoying little jungle and then you can make your big and heroic escape and flee. I feel this is the best option after aegis.


This is your bread and butter. Hit the drums 4 times. This chains well with spear of magus. This is your main wave clear and poke. It can wipe waves quite early, useful for clearing the two side xp camps (use it to finish or steal) and has a nice range. Level this first.

This is mainly useful for sitting on a minion early game ( I usually go for one away from an enemy god) and using it to clear the minions. This with percussive storm clear minions early and quick.
It can also be placed on further minions to poke the enemy god.
The next use is to hit enemy god with it, slowing them meaning your other moves are easier to hit (great for combo with the ult) as well as adding some nice tic damage.
The last use of it is a last resort use. If you are running but just can't escape it can be added on to a pursuer, sometimes this works enough to slow them down, though is risky and escape with thunder crash should be the first port of call.

This is mainly your escape, use it to run. You can go over walls, do this if you can. Or just use this in a line to get away, can be effective against a jungle.
It is also a very effective attack and chance down. You can kill if landing on someone. Or if a low/ mid life warrior decides to try their luck, you can use it to go up and land on the same spot, after attaching Raiju, to do some good damage.

This is your ult. It can do a ton of damage if hit properly. there are three different ways to his and use this. The ideal is to hit all 4 with the highest damage. 3 will usually do to kill an ADC or mage. There are two other ways of hitting this. One makes the enemy run (useful if a jungle is trying to kill you) and one that makes them run towards you. Use this to stop a fleeing enemy, mainly useful if your team is there to back you up.

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quack911 | October 11, 2018 4:38am
personally i disagree with the mages blessing start, is it not more valued to rush book of thoth by buying tier 2 book? you have plenty of mana sustain with your pot choice so the blessings mp5 passive is useless and the power is just not enough. Other than this the build is very nice.
Kriega1 (71) | October 12, 2018 11:53am
Seeing this in the intro "His escape is as useful as Janus' portal to move over walls" makes me doubt the validity behind the author. But this is one of the cases where the actual build turned out to be somewhat viable and not absurd. And yeah he definitely should have Tier 2 of Book of Thoth.
heartlessglint | October 14, 2018 3:01am
As in Janus portal can get you to go through a wall as Rijins can get him over. Though I should change it to "nearly" as Janus' can do a longer wall.

And I haven't tried it without blessing will do some tries of it and adjust
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Bang the drums of death (5.18)
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